Via FrontPageAfrica: I. Coast Imposes Economic Blockade on Ebola-Hit Liberia. This is a long, detailed report on Ivory Coast's decision to block shipping to and from Liberia. Excerpt:
FrontPageAfrica gathered late Wednesday after its print edition had wrapped, that the matter has been brought to the attention of the Liberian presidency, which reportedly met with senior administration officials to discuss the Ivory Coast and Ghana’s decision to not allow ships to transit through them to Liberia due to the Ebola outbreak.
Senior administration officials informed FrontPageAfrica that Finance ministry officials met with rice importers on Wednesday in a bid to explore ways in which the matter can be resolved, but were reportedly informed by the importers that the absence of access route from Ivory Coast there is not much they can do. In essence, rice importers cannot bring in rice because there is no ship to bring it.
The Ivory Coast has reportedly informed the Liberian government on Wednesday that it would not allow any ship that docks in Liberia into its territory. Currently the farm produce into Liberia are transshipped through Liberia’s sister nations- Ivory Coast, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
21-Day Quarantine for Sick Ship Workers
The influential Hellenic Shipping News Agency reported Wednesday that ships will now be required, as a result of the new mandate to display along with the usual documents to be forwarded to the Harbor Master’s office, systematic receipt/report of their last sanitary control + photocopies of the onboard medical consults registry for the past 20 days.
“Furthermore any case of sudden fever and bleeding must be declared. Also, any suspicion of Ebola case must be declared to the Sanitary Authorities prior to berthing 2/ once at berth: Representatives of the Port’s Health Authorities will be awaiting vessels’ berthing in order to perform a systematic medical screening of the crew.
"Other Port Authorities will only be allowed onboard for regular duties once vessel is cleared by the Health Authorities. To that effect, ships will need to instruct their watchmen to forbid ANY ACCESS TO THE VESSEL TO ANYONE BUT the Health Authorities until clearance is granted.”
In addition, ships are being notified that in the case of suspicion, the yellow flag will have to remain visible and no one will be allowed in or out of the ship.